LONDON— Sequins, sparkly embellishments, and lots of it. Day 2 of London Fashion Week saw a mix of eccentric styles, but at least two designers agreed that “more is more” when it comes to piling on the glamor.
Julien Macdonald, one of London’s most flamboyant designers, dished up show stopping, jewel and sequin-encrusted evening gowns fit for a red carpet entrance Saturday. Not to be outdone, Ashish Gupta also adorned all his outfits with sequins, although here the clothes were torn jeans and hoodies, and the mood is much more ghetto cool than opulent soiree.
Not everything was flashy and exuberant, though. At the other end of the spectrum, veteran designer John Rocha went for a much more understated and poetic look, with a restrained, largely monochromatic color palette and flowing, ankle-length dresses adorned with rose appliques and lace.
It all goes to show the remarkable diversity at play at London Fashion Week, which displays catwalk shows from almost 60 designers this season. The 5-day event will get more hectic from Sunday onward, with the big labels — Vivienne Westwood, Temperley, Tom Ford and the heritage brands Burberry and Mulberry — all showing their latest womenswear on a busy schedule.
Designers also showing on Saturday included Mark Fast, David Koma and celebrity favorite Henry Holland.